Bestival Festival 2019 will not be taking place this year, according to Dorset Police. The news comes after the festival made headlines regarding a trial for a festival attendee’s drug related death back in 2017.
Dorset Police have revealed that the new event owners stated that it won’t be taking place. A spokesperson has stated, ‘Some time ago, we were informed by the new event owners that there are no plans to run a Bestival 2019 event.
The police have also stated,
‘The payment of our 2018 policing services invoice, totaling 141,176, to cover our policing of both Camp Bestival and Bestival is still outstanding and we’ve not received any full or part payment toward this’
There have been no official announcements in response from the festival organizers. However, according to a tweet from Bestival co-founder Rob da Bank, the statements by the police may not be true.
there are some very odd and frankly completely fabricated and totally untrue stories circulating right now …watch this space
— Rob da Bank (@RobdaBank) March 6, 2019
Although a bit vague, it seems like there may be miscommunications from both parties.
Camp Bestival, the sister festival to Bestival, will still be taking place this year at the Lulworth Castle in Dorset.